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Mirjana Danilovic

“Addressing Alterity: The Case of Mexica Dance”

Mirjana Danilovic

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Pre-Columbian Studies Summer Fellow

Danilovic’s research invites reflection on how otherness is manifested in ritual Mexica dance. Drawing on the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century colonial documents, she explores the process of the assimilation of others through dancing, and analyzes the efficacy of dance as a practice to adopt and interact with alterity during the veintena ceremonies. Her project raises questions about the concepts we use and different ontological backgrounds we find while examining colonial testimonies, and aims to make a contribution to the study of other ritual acts that overlap with dance.

Mirjana Danilovic received her MA and PhD in Pre-Columbian history from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where she was also postdoctoral researcher at the same University. She was awarded the 2017 INAH National Award for her doctoral dissertation, which draws on colonial resources in Spanish, Nahuatl, and indigenous pictorial writings to investigate the concept of Mexica dance from different perspectives and ontological backgrounds.